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The Young Center and The Bowers Writers House welcome poet Fred Marchant for an evening celebrating William Stafford (1914-1993), a Library of Congress Poet Laureate with significant ties to the Church of the Brethren. Marchant and Jesse Waters, director of the Bowers Writers House, discuss Stafford’s life and legacy and read some of his poems. Young Center Interim Director Steve Nolt review the World War II context in which Stafford declared his conscientious objection to war and the Civilian Public Service program in which he served for four years. Fred Marchant is the author of several books of poetry, including his most recent, Said Not Said (Graywolf, 2017), which was named an Honored Book by the Massachusetts Book Awards. He is the editor of Another World Instead: The Early Poems of William Stafford (Graywolf, 2008) and Professor Emeritus of English at Suffolk University in Boston.